Taxpayer education is very important, says Appeals Tribunal

 

TAX Appeals Tribunal registrar Yihemba Kanganja Chirwa says taxpayer education is very important.

Meanwhile, the situation has normalised at Mwami border post following a five-day strike by clearing agents last week.

Chirwa told journalists at Mwami border post where the tribunal was carrying out a sensitisation programme on Tuesday, that people should know important information regarding tax.
The Tax Appeals Tribunal isnt just for the big corporates; its for any taxpayer, who has a dispute with the Zambia Revenue Authority. In fact, there are a number of landmark cases at the tribunal that were brought by some people who presented the cases on their own even without lawyers, so that is also a reason why we are here to speak to the people, we want them to come close and speak to us, she said.
Chirwa said every person who took cases to the tribunal got their justice.
She said the tribunal does not take long to dispose of matters.
Chirwa was accompanied with tribunals administrative secretary Tsute Mwale.

Meanwhile, Eastern Province permanent secretary Chanda Kasolo says he wants to go to Malawi to apologise over the disturbance in trade caused by Zambian clearing agents at the Zambia/Malawi border.

A check at the border on Tuesday revealed that the trucks that were marooned had been cleared and the agents who had downed tools carrying on with their duties.
The clearing agents were demanding the removal of Mwami border post ZRA station manager Vincent Ngulube and the reinstatement of the
previous manager who is on suspension.
Some Malawian truck drivers found at the border said they suffered a lot last week when the agents were on strike.
Last week we faced a lot of challenges here at the border, we never used to spend more time here but last week was different because of the strike but we are happy that the situation has normalised,
Dalitso Mbumba, a Malawian truck driver, said.
And addressing journalists, Kasolo said Zambias trade with Malawi would not be disrupted again.
I would like to go and apologise to our colleagues in Malawi for this unfortunate incident and assure them that we have taken action and we are going to take steps to ensure that whatever happen will not significantly affect our flow of trade between the two countries, he said.
Kasolo said by end of Friday, there was over K1.4 million worthy of exports stuck in Zambia and K1.3 million imports stuck on the other side of the border.
He said the reasons that prompted the agents to down tools were frivolous.
On Saturday, Kasolo and ZRA commissioner Kingsley Chanda told journalists that the commission lost K1.5 million in revenue during
the strike action by the agents.

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